Thailand Childcare Volunteers
2-8 weeks from $1,469
- Discover the lively chaos of Bangkok
- Travel through the beautiful Thai landscape
- Assist in the care and education of young children
- Become part of a local community
- Get firsthand experience of Thai traditions and culture
- Explore Thailand and visit Cambodia in your spare time
If you’ve ever thought about combining travel with volunteer work, it doesn’t get much better than touring the bright and lively streets of Bangkok before making your way north through the rich rural scenery of Thailand’s Surin Province, to be met by beaming smiles and requests for hugs from a small horde of amazing children. You’ll be living and working as a member of the community during your stay, helping and providing support to the dedicated but under-resourced staff at a local childcare centre. You’ll be caring for pre-school age children, setting up activities, supervising playtime, and helping to teach basic skills to prepare them for education. This is a truly rewarding experience guaranteed to melt your heart.
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What to expect at the project
After arriving at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK), you’ll be met by our friendly team who will be waiting to take you to your accommodation near Khao San Road. Depending on your arrival time you’ll have the chance to unwind and relax before meeting some of your fellow travellers and getting out to explore the hustle and bustle of Bangkok’s famous backpacker hub.
Your second day will start at 10am with a fantastic boat tour through the winding canals of the city’s more traditional regions. Afterwards the group will pay a visit to Wat Arun (Temple of the Dawn), Wat Pho – home to the golden reclining Buddha, and Wat Phra Kaew – Bangkok’s regal Grand Palace (please note the entrance fee to the Grand Palace isn’t included and currently costs 500THB/£12). In the evening get a taste for Thai food and nightlife with new friends in the city centre.
You’ll board a train on day three, heading north into the countryside on a seven hour journey through the striking scenery of national parks and rice paddies to get to your rural home in Surin. You’ll be sharing accommodation with members of your group (even if they’re on a different volunteer programme to you), and have time in the afternoons, evenings, and weekends to socialise and swap stories about your work.
From Mondays to Thursdays you’ll help support the staff at the local childcare centre by providing care to a group of smiley, chatty children – who are going to be incredibly pleased to have you there.
- Transfer on arrival
- All accommodation
- Bangkok tour
- Transfer from Bangkok to Surin
- Transport to and from the childcare centre each day
- Full support from an in-country co-ordinator
- 24/7 emergency support
- Travel insurance
- Entrance fees to the Grand Palace
- Optional activities
- Return transfer
In Bangkok you’ll be staying in twin or triple shared rooms in a simple but clean guesthouse an easy five-minute stroll from the mayhem of Khao San Road. All rooms have air-conditioning, ensuite bathrooms, and access to Wifi.
There are three volunteer houses in Surin, all located close to each other – so you’ll be able to meet up with your fellow travellers easily. You’ll be sharing a room with between two and four others, and have access to a shared living area, an outside chill out area, and a communal kitchen if you fancy cooking your own meals (although it’s incredibly cheap and more fun to eat out!). Each house has Wifi, although this can drop out from time-to-time, there’s a convenience store close by, and the town, which is full of restaurants and bars, is a short five minute tuk tuk ride away.
You will need to arrange your flight to Thailand to arrive at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) on your programme start date between the hours of 6am and 10pm; we recommend that you arrive before 3pm, if possible. You will need to make your own way back to Bangkok at the end of your trip, the journey takes 6-7 hours by train; if you wish to fly on your programme end date please arrange a flight that departs late in the evening on your programme end date or the day after to allow enough time to travel back to Bangkok.
Minimum age for this programme is 18.
British passport holders arriving by air can enter Thailand for 30 days without a visa. Please ensure your passport is valid, with six months remaining on the date of your planned return, and that you hold a valid return flight ticket. If you plan to stay in Thailand for more than 30 days you will need to apply for a visa before departing the UK, which will be issued as a 60 day tourist visa so long as you’re not planning on taking paid work during your stay.
How Many People Will Be In My Group?
This depends on the time of year, but typically you can expect to have around 10 people in your group.
How Much Spending Money Should I Bring With Me?
It’s pretty cheap to eat and drink in rural Thailand and if you’re travelling on a budget £80 per week should be enough. But if you’re planning on getting out and doing lots in your downtime, it’s worth bringing double that or more.
What Sort Of Age Will Other Travellers Be On The Programme?
The majority of your group will be aged between 18-30, but this programme is popular with travellers of all age groups, so expect a good mix.
Will There Be A Safe Or Safety Deposit Box At The Accommodation?
Yes, there will be a safe place for you to store your valuables.
Should I Bring A Mosquito Net With Me?
You can do if you like, but all the volunteer houses in Surin are fitted with mosquito screens on the windows, so you should be fine without.